Your vehicle’s braking system plays a very important role in keeping you safe. And because of this, it’s especially important to maintain your braking system properly to keep it working in order. This system employs a number of components and one of the most important of these components are the brake pads.
Brake pads sit inside your brake calipers and clamp down onto the rotors, acting as a source of friction and providing you with stopping power.
Brake pads fall under the consumable category when it comes to car parts. They wear down over time and eventually need replacing. Because of this, it’s important to keep an eye on the amount of brake pad material that remains on the brake pads, keeping both your customer and their family safe on the roads.
The rate of wear depends on a wide range of variables. Everything from choice of brake pad, driving style, to the condition of the brake rotors or if the brake calipers are working as they’re supposed to.
There are a few signs to look out for that will indicate to you customer their brake pads are reaching the end of their service life or wearing unevenly. If the brake pads are on their way out, chances are the driver will start to feel them not working as well as they used to. Another obvious indication you might come across is a squealing sound when hitting the brakes pedal.
If your customer is experiencing any of these symptoms, it pays to have a look at the condition of their brake pad. In most cases you should be able to get a good enough look without even having to take off the wheel. Simply have a look inside of the brake calipers and try to gauge the level that their brake pads are sitting at. With Bendix’s new Brake Wear Indicator, this is as simple as checking the imprint on the edge of the pad marked ‘REPLACE’. This will give a clear indication on how much life the brake pads have left. If you notice that one pad has worn down a considerable amount more than another pad, then they have uneven brake pad wear.
A common root of the problem is DTV (Disc Thickness Variation). Variation in the thickness of the rotors chew away at the brake pad as they come in contact with ﬂat spots in the disc, causing the pad to wear unevenly. Depending on the extent of the impact of DTV on the rotors, they can be machined to iron out any ﬂat spots.
Brake pads are one of the most important components of the vehicle’s entire braking system. Being a wear item, it’s important to make sure they’re in good condition and always replace all brake pads on the axle!
Performing regular maintenance on the braking system will help ensure your customer gets the most out of your brake pads.